Atherton breathes a sigh of relief

Journalist Louise Kennedy gives an update from Atherton.

Tuesday, 4pm: RESIDENTS of Atherton and Yungaburra are breathing a sigh of relief after Yasi proved to be much less frightening - and cause far less damage in this part of the Atherton Tableland - than cyclone Larry.

Branches from trees and a few smaller trees have been brought down, but the roads locally are generally clear.

Power is off at the moment, but some neighbourhoods had power all last night, which was a miracle. Different areas are having outages at different times.

After extensive preparation on Tuesday and Wednesday - clearing of properties, taping of windows, getting in emergency power and light supplies, preparing safe areas within the house - winds in Atherton picked up about 8pm yesterday.

They were most intense for an hour either side of the relative calm which passed  between midnight and 1am.

Even at their most intense, however, they were not as frightening as in previous cyclones - we managed to get some sleep.

By about 4am winds had abated, but there were still heavy gusts until about midday today.

Rainfall also was not as intense as expected - just moderate falls.

Rain today has been patchy with the occasional heavy shower, so people are out and about tidying their yards and footpaths. No sound of chainsaws, which is a sign no big timber has been brought down, at least in this area.

All in all we consider ourselves lucky to have escaped what was shaping up as a very frightening experience.
 



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